The race is on to be a part of the 2010 Angling Times/Van Den Eynde Clubman Supercup knockout fishing match with just over a week remaining until the deadline for all entries is reached.
Wednesday December 9 is the day when applications are closed and the full line up for the eagerly-awaited first round draw is complete. It’s then just a matter of days before the draw is made and one team will set out on the road towards ultimate glory.
If you’re a club, pub or tackle shop team who fancies a shot at the cup but hasn’t yet entered this is your chance to get on board. All it takes is a simple phone call to register and the submission of the entry form, team sheet and £30 payment and you’re in – all you’ll need then is the opposition!
The competition takes in two knockout ties between two or three teams local to each other and organised between themselves. From the second round the winning team will book a place in their respective regional semi final in June, just one step away from the final.
That takes place at the fish-packed Tunnel Barn Farm Fishery in July where 15 teams will line up, all aiming to hold aloft the famous trophy and trouser the winner’s £1,000 cheque. There’ll also be a host of other prizes thanks to sponsors Van Den Eynde, free breakfast and evening meal for every angler and a commemorative medal.
Stop dreaming though! That’s a long way off and those tricky rounds stand in the way. They’re fished in the depths of winter and can throw up some real surprises so seven if you’re lucky enough to get drawn at home, it doesn’t mean that the job is as good as done!
“Supercup was created to keep clubs fishing throughout the winter when many pack up until the sun comes out again,” said event organiser Richard Grange. “The first round is often the toughest that the winning teams have faced as they’re on an unknown venue that will test even the most battle-hardened of teams. Negociating these puts you into the semi finals on some of the UK’s finest commercial carp waters – that’s where it starts to get interesting.”
First round ties must be fished by mid-March with second round matches rounding off in mid-May and there’s a full list of rules printed in this week’s copy of Angling Times, but the key ones to know are as follows:
- Its teams of eight in rounds one and two, dropping to six in the semis and final
- All matches are decided on section points, then section countback and then weight
- The home team has choice of venue only. Everything else must be decided by ALL teams fishing (for example the date and fishing times).
Please note that the rules will be strictly adhered to so please read them carefully and understand what they mean. Failure to do so may result in disqualification before OR after a match has been fished.
How to enter
All it costs is £30 per team. Fill out the entry form in this week’s Angling Times and send it along with your payment (cheque or Postal Order payable to Angling Times) and a squad sheet of anglers you wish to use during your campaign. This list must have a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 names on it.
The closing date for entries is Wednesday December 9 2009 though, so if you’re interested get in quick!